• Friday Evening at the Western Wall and a Memorable First Shabbat In Israel

    It was brisk on Friday afternoon. Exiting the bus in the parking lot at the Zion Gate, students saw their breath, a reminder that it is winter here on the cusp of the Judean Desert. We made our way from Zion Gate


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  • 63 Teens Arrive to Israel as the 2016 Spring Semester Begins!

    Paul Reichenbach is the Director of Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism. In spite of the incredible snowstorm that brought transportation to a standstill last weekend, I am thrilled to share that the Spring 2016 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel commenced this week. Although the storm delayed some of our students’ arrival […]


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  • Fall 2015 Photo Contest Winner: Havdalah, My Favorite Part of Shabbat on EIE

    Celia Goldfarb, of Chevy Chase, MD, was the winner of the Fall 2015 Photo Contest. She is a member of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC and an active participant in NFTY-MAR. Here, she describes the inspiration for her winning photo. What is Havdalah? A time to welcome a new week and a time to say goodbye to […]


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  • Living, Learning, and Loving: Three Keys to an Amazing Israel Experience

    As I sit down to write this blog post for the Spring 2016 EIE class, I can’t help but shudder at the fact that I am on this side of the correspondence. Today, almost a year after I embarked on my own EIE journey, I am able to look back and realize that I am […]


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  • Reliving Memories of a Semester on EIE

    Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks participated on EIE in the Spring of 2003. A longtime camper and counselor at OSRUI, she is currently the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee. Earlier this Fall, she traveled to Israel  as a delegate to the World Zionist Congress with ARZA, and had the opportunity to visit EIE at Kibbutz […]


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  • My Most Powerful High School Semester Happened in Israel

    At Anshe Chesed Fairmont Temple in Beachwood, Ohio in October, Sydney Eisenberg, a Spring 2015 alum, spoke about her experiences on NFTY-EIE at Shabbat Atid (“The Future”). With both Sydney’s and Anshe Chesed’s permission, we reprint an excerpt of her remarks that her synagogue posted on their “If Not Now, When?” blog. Hi everyone, my name is Sydney Eisenberg […]


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  • Beginning our Study of Modern Israel

    Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. We have had a very full two and a half weeks since I last wrote. After returning from Gadna, we went back to the academics at Tzuba to study Modern Israel, supplemented by one and a half days of tiyulim. The subject was […]


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  • Shabbat in Poland

    Leah S. is a junior from South Africa. She is a member of Durban Progressive Jewish Congregation. Shabbat in Poland provided a much needed happy ending to an intensely emotional week. On Friday night, we had the privilege of joining the Beit Warszawa Synagogue community for Kabbalat Shabbat services. It was one of the most […]


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  • Using Poetry to Reflect

    Celia G. is a junior from Chevy Chase, MD. She belongs to Temple Sinai in Washington, DC. and is active in NFTY-MAR. On the recent Poland trip, she wrote reflective poems that described her feelings. Day 1: Warsaw- We learned of many men, women, and groups of people that took part in continuing Jewish life even as it […]


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  • Light and Darkness: The Lublin Yeshiva and the Majdanek Death Camp

    Shirel K. is a junior from Oak Park, California. Our day in Lublin started off light and easygoing as we made our way to the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. Since we had all gone over the schedule in our sourcebooks and discussed the future plans in Poland, the thought about being in the Majdanek death camp later […]


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